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04 April 2013 @ 09:11 am
New Directions  
After some 16 years supporting telecom service provider software, I've officially moved into a new position (same company) supporting mediation software and related applications. I am somewhat familiar with the genre and customers, as during my stint with telecom I spent some very demanding years supporting fault management systems that essentially do the same thing - gather data from various devices, format it to a standard, then pass it on to a receiver of some kind (usually an SNMP monitoring system in the Network Operations Center).

This is the first time in a long time I've found myself taking baby steps to learn a new system. I'm both frustrated at my lack of intuitive grasp of the various issues but also excited to both move into something fresh AND support a product line that has an active future in North America.

Oh, and for the first time in almost 25 years I am Not On Call. That's enough to bring out the happydance right there.

In other New Things News, I picked up a region-free DVD/BluRay player from 220 Electronics, replacing the old pair of region-free DVD and separate BluRay player in the main room. The problem with those was that my oldish receiver/media switch didn't have enough HDMI inputs to handle everything, so I kept having to disconnect and reconnect cables to move between the BluRay and non-Region-1 DVD player. I never could find a switch that maintained enough signal during switching to keep the receiver from freaking out. Now, though, it is a single player (and, more importantly, a single reprogram of the all-in-one remote control), thus resolving that problem. UK DVDs play great (with excellent PAL-to-NTSC conversion). Next trip I will need to pick up a UK BluRay to test it out. I'll also need to remember that while DVD region switching is automatic, the BluRay is manual...
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
judifilksignjudifilksign on April 4th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I hope it is enjoyable as well as being Off Call!